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DEMBELE POISED FOR FRANCE WORLD CUP CALL-UP

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CELTIC’S 26-goal striker Moussa Dembele is poised to make his debut for the France international team next month.

Head Coach Didier Deschamps received glowing reports after sending a scout to watch the 20-year-old claim a hat-trick in the Hoops’ 6-0 Scottish Cup win over Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday.

Dembele, who has netted two other trebles in wins over Rangers (5-1) and St Johnstone (5-2), has already scored four for his nation’s Under-21 side after being called up this season.

Now the powerhouse attacker is standing by to get the nod for the World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg on March 25 and the friendly against Spain in Paris three days later.

The French currently top their group which includes Holland and Sweden.

Boss Deschamps said: “Football in France is very rich, particularly with young players coming through.

“We have quality youngsters who have yet to be selected, but they will be.

“For instance, we have Celtic’s Moussa Dembele, who can provide an option in attack.

“He is a big talent. Sometimes you can promote the kids too soon, but some just have that ability that would make them hard to ignore.

“I will be spoiled for choice in 2017.”

 
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